Harris vs Sandoval – IFL TV, ESPN+ – June 25 – 2 PM ET
Live coverage from England begins at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
(June 23, 2021) — Welsh flyweight contender Jay Harris needs one more victory to receive a second crack at world title glory. Harris will take on Ricardo Sandoval in a 12-round IBF world title eliminator this Friday, June 25 from Bolton, England.
The co-feature will see former bantamweight world champion Paul Butler fight Mexican veteran Willibaldo Garcia in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBO International bantamweight title.
Harris-Sandoval and Butler-Garcia will headline a scheduled five-fight stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
Harris (18-1, 9 KOs) was one half of one of 2020’s best fights when he dropped a unanimous decision to Julio Cesar Martinez for the WBC flyweight world title. He returned in fine form last October, topping Marcel Braithwaite via unanimous decision to move up the rankings and into this title eliminator. Sandoval (18-1, 13 KOs), from Montclair, California, has won 14 consecutive bouts, including five straight by stoppage. He last fought in February 2020 and knocked out Filipino veteran Raymond Tabugon in seven rounds.
WBO No. 2 bantamweight contender Butler (32-2, 15 KOs) won the IBF bantamweight world title in 2014, then vacated the belt to challenge Zolani Tete for the IBF junior bantamweight world title. He fell to Tete via eighth-round stoppage but is 15-1 in the six-plus years since, winning regional titles at both junior bantamweight and bantamweight. Garcia (12-4-1, 6 KOs) is 11-1-1 since a 1-3 start to his career, with his only defeat in that stretch coming via majority decision to former world title challenger Alejandro Santiago Barrios. This will be his first fight outside of Mexico.
In other streaming action on ESPN+:
Dublin-born junior welterweight prospect Pierce O’Leary (6-0, 2 KOs) will make his second appearance of 2021 against Czech veteran Jan Marsalek (8-3, 7 KOs) in a six-rounder. Marsalek last fought on the Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders undercard in May and knocked down unbeaten prospect Kelvin Davis, ultimately losing a four-round unanimous decision.
Undefeated lightweight contender Gary Cully (12-0, 6 KOs), who is coming off a March stoppage victory over Viktor Kotochigov, will fight Viorel Simion (22-5, 9 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Simion is a 15-year pro who has fought the likes of Shakur Stevenson, Lee Selby and Scott Quigg.
In a 10-round eliminator for the British light heavyweight title, Hosea Burton (25-2, 11 KOs) will face Liam Conroy (18-6-1, 9 KOs), who has participated in a number of notable all-action brawls over the years. Burton and Conroy are each looking to bounce back from defeats suffered in MTK Global’s Golden Contract tournament.
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IFL TV UNDERCARD BROADCAST BEGINS 5:20PM
Welterweight, Four Rounds
INDER BASSI (150lbs 12oz) vs. CHRIS ADAWAY (148lbs)
Featherweight, Six Rounds
TYRONE MCCULLAGH (124lbs) vs. BRETT FIDOE (127lbs 7oz)
Flyweight, Four Rounds
BLANE HYLAND (117lbs 9oz) vs. REISS TAYLOR (115lbs)
Middleweight, Six Rounds
JORDAN REYNOLDS (157lbs 6oz) vs. JAN ARDON (158lbs)
ESPN+ AND IFL TV MAIN CARD BROADCAST BEGINS 7:00PM BST / 2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT
Final Eliminator for the British Light-Heavyweight Title, 12 Rounds
HOSEA BURTON (174lbs 9oz) vs. LIAM CONROY (174lbs 14oz)
Lightweight, 10 Rounds
GARY CULLY (136lbs 4oz) vs. VIOREL SIMION (135lbs 10oz)
Super-Lightweight, 6 Rounds
PIERCE O’LEARY (142lbs 12oz) vs. JAN MARSALEK (141lbs 12oz)
Vacant WBO International Bantamweight Title, 10 Rounds
PAUL BUTLER (117lbs 12oz) vs. WILLIBALDO GARCIA (117lbs 4oz)
Final Eliminator for the IBF Flyweight Title, 12 Rounds
JAY HARRIS (111lbs 11oz) vs. RICARDO SANDOVAL (111lbs 4oz)
JAY HARRIS VS. RICARDO SANDOVAL START TIME
- Date: Friday, June 2th
- Time: 7pm BST
The Harris vs. Sandoval card begins at 7pm BST. Harris and Sandoval are expected to enter the ring at around 10pm BST
HOW TO WATCH, LIVE STREAM HARRIS VS. SANDOVAL
You can watch the Harris vs. Sandoval event live on the official IFLTV YouTube channel. In America, the show is being screened on ESPN+.
WHERE IS HARRIS VS. SANDOVAL?
Harris vs. Sandoval is taking place at the University of Bolton Stadium in Bolton.